Tuesday, 5 February 2013

D.M. Harish Memorial Government Law College International Moot Court Competition, 2013

Government Law College has been hosting India’s First Ever International Moot Court Competition, in association with the D. M. Harish Foundation for over a decade now. In the year 2000, the Moot Court Association in collaboration with the D. M. Harish Foundation ordained the D. M. Harish Memorial Moot Court Competition, at a national level. The year 2004 saw Government Law College enter its 150th grand year and the MCA its 50th year, the way forward to expand the competition’s horizons was devised by developing it into India’s first international moot, which meant replicating the national success of the moot at the International Level. The MCA works round the year to make the D. M. Harish Memorial Government Law College International Moot Court Competition or DMH, as we fondly refer to it in GLC, a reality.

The case study of the competition deals primarily with complex contemporary issues relating to Public International Law before the International Court of Justice (ICJ).The 2013 Compromis mainly deals with the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements. The problem revolves around privacy laws and the role of tax reforms in a global economy.

Participating Universities

The participation of Law Institutes from the United Kingdom, United States of America, Sri Lanka, Nepal Bangladesh, Mauritius, Spain, Greece, Russia, Malaysia, Ireland, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Singapore, Jamaica, Australia & Pakistan hold witness to the truly global flavour of DMH. This year we additionally look forward to participation from prestigious Universities such as the New York University from USA, Bond University & the University of Melbourne from Australia, Moscow State Law Academy from Russia, University of Sussex and Southampton University from UK, Aristotle University from Greece amongst other international teams, apart from the cream of Indian law universities that will attend this competition.

The Panel Discussion

One of the highlights of DMH is the Panel Discussion, which is an integral part of the competition schedule. The distinguished panelists such as Ms. Smriti Irani, Mr. Arun Jaitley, and Ms. Teesta Setalvad have all graced the discussion in the past. . This year’s panelists include Mr .Mahesh Jethmalani, and Ms Shaina NC. The Panel Discussion, with the Inaugural Ceremony, is held at the opulent Sahyadri State Guest House at Malabar Hill.  The topic for this year’s discussion is Thought control and reasonable restraints- The dividing line on social media “


Every year, Judges of the Bombay High Court, eminent advocates & lawyers, senior professors of law, partners and associates from elite law firms, form the highly illustrious pool of jurists for the preliminary, octo, quarter & semi-final rounds of the competition.

The teams most determined to endeavor finally embrace the Final Rounds of Argument, held at the magnificent Mumbai University Convocation Hall. The Finalist teams get once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to argue before a formidable bench of five sitting Judges of the Bombay High Court.  Justice F. I. Rebello, Chief Justice Allahabad High Court, Justice B. N. Srikrishna, Former Judge Supreme Court and Justice A. P. Shah, Former Chief Justice Delhi High Court have all graced us with their august presence in the past.

DMH truly epitomizes commitment, objectivity, hospitality and recognition of merit par excellence. The quality, competitiveness and versatility of the participants, the experience and expertise of the judges and the hospitality & warmth extended by the organizers truly symbolize the ‘DMH Experience’. The consecutive success of DMH only continues to pave its way towards being recognized as Asia’s largest and most prestigious International Moot Court Competition.